Apple Temporarily Closes Two Additional Stores in China Due to Coronavirus

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As the coronavirus outbreak in China continues to spread, Apple today shuttered two more of its retail locations in the country. Stores located in Nanjing and Fuzhou, China, have been temporarily closed, according to Bloomberg.

During yesterday's earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that one store location in Qingdao, China had already been shut down, bringing the total stores closed to three. Many other stores have limited hours.


Apple plans to reopen the Nanjing and Fuzhou stores on February 3, while the Apple Store in Qingdao will reopen on February 4.

Apple has limited employee travel to China to "business critical" operations, and it is providing care kits to Apple employees located in Wuhan and across China.

There are more than 6,000 cases of coronavirus, primarily in China, though the virus has been spreading to other countries. Some of Apple's supplier factories in China are going to be closed until February 10 due to Chinese New Year and the outbreak, which Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple is working to manage to avoid an impact on production.

The virus situation is still emerging, and Apple is continuing to gather data points, says Cook. The company is experiencing a sales slowdown due to the closing of retail stores and shoppers who are afraid to go out. As a result, Apple set its next quarter guidance range at $63 to $67 billion, which is a larger range than normal. Cook said that this $4 billion range is reflective of the coronavirus outbreak and the "uncertainty" around it.

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konqerror

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Hopefully they find a vaccine soon.
Sad to say but don't count on it. It's nearly 20 years after the SARS outbreak, 10 years since MERS, both related viruses, and we do not have any approved vaccines. Only decades of "promising" leads.
 

Jakexb

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While it seems like this isn't as serious as SARS, the impact of a city or region completely shutting down to stop a pandemic is immense. Obviously people can get by without Apple Stores, but as more businesses close up shop, the city grinds to a halt. It reminds me of areas right after a direct hit by a hurricane or serious earthquake.
 

dmylrea

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It's crazy thinking about how to contain this. While flights to the US to/from China can be cancelled for a while, every other country in the world would have to do the same as travelers from those countries still come to the US. There was a PC game many years ago that simulated something like this...I forget the name, though.
 

paul4339

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Sad to say but don't count on it. It's nearly 20 years after the SARS outbreak, 10 years since MERS, both related viruses, and we do not have any approved vaccines. Only decades of "promising" leads.
Researchers in Hong Kong have already developed a vaccine.
The problem, like all vaccines and meds, is that it takes months to test it on animals and then over a year to go through clinical trials on humans. Plus, finding a vaccine for the original strain doesn't mean it will work on the mutated strains.

 

konqerror

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Researchers in Hong Kong have already developed a vaccine.
The problem, like all vaccines and meds, is that it takes months to test it on animals and then over a year to go through clinical trials on humans. Plus, finding a vaccine for the original strain doesn't mean it will work on the mutated strains.

My point is all of those press releases are just self-promotional junk that does nothing but gets people's hopes up and potentially make politicians look better. Go look for SARS vaccine. There's nearly 20 years of people saying they've found a vaccine, yet nothing has been shown to be safe and effective in humans.
 
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The only way to stop new sars occurring is to stop eat raw bats snakes and other s..it!
I live in Tokyo and quite concerned about an outbreak - 11 cases confirmed, though no dead people for now.
 
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iReality85

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Researchers in Hong Kong have already developed a vaccine.

The problem, like all vaccines and meds, is that it takes months to test it on animals and then over a year to go through clinical trials on humans. Plus, finding a vaccine for the original strain doesn't mean it will work on the mutated strains.
I find that report dubious at best. A vaccine was developed for SARS, but took 1 1/2 years to make. MERS doesn't have a vaccine yet. But they were able to develop one for 2019-nCoV in a few weeks? Besides, it would still need to go through extensive animal testing.

If it’s a virus that mutates regularly like aids then a vaccine is useless.
According to reports, it already has, and will likely continue to as more and more people are infected.

Influenza is a somewhat similar virus which mutates regularly, and vaccines are still beneficial for flu. But frequent mutation does mean a "one and done" vaccine would be much harder (or perhaps impossible) to produce.
Influenza and Coronavirus are not related. They are completely different viruses, that happen to both produce "flu-like" symptoms. I wish the media would stop conflating coronavirus with influenza. A vaccine for one is useless against the other.
 

sirozha

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The only way to stop new cars occurring is to stop eat raw bats snakes and other s..it!
I live in Tokyo and quite concerned about an outbreak - 11 cases confirmed, though no dead people for now.
Do you mean no rats either!
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It's crazy thinking about how to contain this. While flights to the US to/from China can be cancelled for a while, every other country in the world would have to do the same as travelers from those countries still come to the US. There was a PC game many years ago that simulated something like this...I forget the name, though.
It was called Windows. It’s still available in version 10. You can even simulate a vaccine on the PC. They call the vaccine Anti-Virus. It’s gotten much better with time. Version 10 is quite decent.
 
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Eorlas

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There was a PC game many years ago that simulated something like this...I forget the name, though.
Plague Inc, it’s still popular, just got a huge spike in sales and concurrent players to the point that they’re publicly advising everyone that while the game is heavily based on science and has endorsements from major disease prevention organizations, it is still a game and not a real model.
 

koruki

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My point is all of those press releases are just self-promotional junk that does nothing but gets people's hopes up and potentially make politicians look better. Go look for SARS vaccine. There's nearly 20 years of people saying they've found a vaccine, yet nothing has been shown to be safe and effective in humans.
Which politician looked good from this? none, So what happened to SARS, did it just run out steam?
 

stylinexpat

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The two stores may just be the beginning..

 
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